You finished one milestone – an undergraduate degree, so what’s next?
These questions riddling your mind, can be answered through other queries:
Do you want better job security?
A competitive workforce means only the cream of the crop will thrive. According to the Census Bureau, those with a master’s degree earn roughly 15% more than their bachelor holding counterparts. Also, the statistics provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, titled “
Do you want to advance your knowledge and skills?
One of things that will give you an improved advantage in life is knowledge. You’ve heard this time and again – that books open windows to the world, and an
Are you passionate about your field of study?
This is the main question you should ask yourself when deciding to pursue a graduate degree. This is because advanced degrees tend to focus on one specific subject area. If you plan to make a lifelong career out of nursing for instance, then taking master’s courses in this area is one way of promoting yourself into management roles. The same is true for other careers like teaching, medicine, physiology, psychology and much more.
If you’ve answered yes to most of these questions, it’s perhaps in your best interest to pursue a graduate, or even a post graduate degree.
One other concern you may have is the strain of working and going to school. If such is the case, an online college offers the flexibility needed to study during students’ free time, while work offers the benefit of gaining hands on experience.
The ultimate motivators for more
Nowadays, everyone can earn an online degree in diverse fields of education and employment industries through online courses. These courses are accessible 24/7. Everyone can gain access to fully-accredited online coursework and degree programs without ever having to leave their own homes or personal offices.
Online courses range from arts and humanities, health and medicine, business, science and technology, computers, social sciences, education and teaching, trades and careers, and many more. You have a lot of courses to choose from.
Pursuing an online education can get you either a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree in one of the many courses that are offered. There are also a wide variety of online schools available.
Online education is much less expensive compared to traditional school. This is so since you can save on travel, time and the cost of the courses itself. You can also get your degree much quicker and easier in online education than in traditional college.
How do you know what courses is right for you with such a huge choices of online education? You can consider these some pointers before making a decision.
These can range from:
o advancing your career,
o seeking a raise, or
o an eagerness to learn new skills or new knowledge.
It is important that you have motivation in order for you to achieve your online degree successfully. Self-motivation is very important since there is no one there that is forcing you to attend class or turning in your assignments.
Presently, hundreds of online schools, universities and colleges cater to the needs of working persons and/or homebound individuals. You can earn Doctorate’s as well not just an Associate’s Degree.
Several advantages to pursuing a degree or training online are there such as doing it at your own speed in your own time. You can also get loans, financial aid and flexible financing just like any other traditional schools. Just make sure that the online university you are enrolling to is accredited in order for your credits to be recognized in your chosen industry.
The prime advantage of special
I know many of you in the teen population deny it, but school means a lot to you. Why else would you complain about it so much? I shake my head every time I see a teen rant about school that shows no plan to resolve these issues. Your educational woes are not the end of the world. Many of them can be resolved without resorting to making like Thoreau and isolating yourself in the woods for a year.
First, remember that your education is your responsibility. After all, you are the one telling your guidance counselors which classes you are going to take. In high school, your parents are not there holding your hand while you create your class schedule. Granted, I’ve always been appalled at the notion of kids slaving away in various curricula or activities because their parents make them do it. I was never in that position, but several classmates were. If you’re not happy, talk to your parents and let them know why you are not able to handle it. If you have doubts that your parents will listen, ask teachers or other adult figures in your life to help. They know you in a different way than your parents. They can offer a different perspective on your performance and behavior. This also shows your parents that you are able to communicate with adults and are willing to take responsibility.
Another way to make your school life easier is to keep your interests open. When I was in high school, I aspired to be a professional fiction writer. However, my academic interests had to fit in the International Baccalaureate curriculum framework. Even so, I had other options; you do as well. Depending on the state, some community colleges offer dual enrollment programs for high school students. You might find a subject or class that fits your interests in that environment and potentially receive school credits (high school and/or college) for it. If your state college system does not offer this option, you can still get state resident tuition for the classes. The credits might transfer to other colleges, saving college tuition money later on. These courses can cost less than a year of sports or private lessons. If this is something you would like to pursue, bring home pamphlets on the college offerings and help crunch the numbers with your parents.
Keep in mind education is not limited to campus grounds. Extracurricular activities outside of school can allow you to explore your interests and give you something constructive to do when you are not confined to a school desk. This is another option to consider if your school is not offering a class you want, be it creative writing or marine biology. If no activities suited to your interest exist in your community, start your own group. Talk to a variety of people (teachers, neighbors, friends and even local government groups) in preparation for such an endeavor. You might find that there has been interest in such a group all along, yet no one thought to start one. This has the extra perk of looking good on college applications.
Yes, I said the dreaded ‘C’ word. Some teens feel that college is shoved in their faces before freshman year begins and tire of it in due time. Truth is, unless you are thinking about entering a vocation, the military or civic service, college will most likely provide you the education you need to pursue a variety of careers. Likewise, college is more than a four year institution with hundreds of students in introductory courses. If you take the right classes in high school, you can skip past many freshman level courses. Consider getting an Associate’s Degree first, especially if you have your eye on a state university. You can earn a degree in a given major at the associate level, but you may be able to declare a different major (and a minor) at the university level. Even if you are pursuing a more arts-oriented career (dancing, writing, fine arts), prepare for college anyway. You may find your interests change in the first two years after high school graduation. While in college, I decided not to pursue creative writing in order to enter politics. So even if senioritis is plaguing you, tough it out and prepare to go to college. If you drop out or otherwise give up on your education right before graduation, you will regret it. Education does determine your salary, and the pitfalls of working a minimum wage job prompts many to return to school. Returning to school after a prolonged absence is a challenge, as you must retrain your mind to analyze academic concepts. The longer you wait, the more difficult this becomes.
No matter how you decide to take charge of your education, do it! You are the one that will live with the consequences of the decisions you make in high school. While high school is a turbulent time, it is a time to learn. You learn about exponential graphs, are introduced to Classic literature and receive your first opportunity to make decisions by yourself. You should make the most of these opportunities.
As more and more low-income families move into neighborhoods that once catered to the middle or upper class, one must be on the lookout for his own personal safety and report any criminal activity going on in their surroundings. Crime is everywhere in these neighborhoods where kids find too much time on their hands after school hours or after the school year lets out.
What also contributes to the crime rate in such places? Is it just the lack of money for low income families? Sometimes, crime can be attributed to the lack of education on the part of the perpetrator or their families.
It is a statistical fact that the crime rate is inversely proportional to the education level of the culprit. Kids who grow up in families that do not stress the importance of getting an education are more likely to be living out on the streets, doing drugs, joining gangs, or ending up in prison.
Sometimes parents who raise such kids were raised in similar conditions when they were youngsters. Nothing has changed. An education should be foremost on parents’ minds when rearing their kids. In fact, an education is the key out of poverty. As the old saying goes, “The way out of the gutter is with a book and not a basketball.”
Kids who do not have a good education in school are more likely to have difficulty with finding jobs, getting into college, or staying out of trouble with the law. Many times they have family issues that are attributed to the loss of a parent at a young age due to a death or an incarceration.
Kids from single-parent homes run that risk of growing up as an “at-risk” child. This is due to the fact that the parent must work to provide food and shelter for the child, and the absence of the other parent fails to provide leadership and guidance for a growing mind. A parent who is incarcerated will definitely not be around to guide the child to getting good grades in school.
What kind of message does an incarcerated parent send to a child? Is it okay to be dumb and stupid and end up in prison like their daddy? Like father, like son. Right? Is it okay to skip school and join a gang like their daddy once did?
The truth of the matter is that kids who drop out of school will face hardship in their lives as they grow older. Lack of education on their part means lack of money to support a family. Lack of money translates into robbing a bank or convenience store.
We hear in the news every day a robbery that occurs in our city or elsewhere. Or perhaps a shooting on the part of the perpetrator that caused an innocent life come to an abrupt halt.
What are kids doing nowadays? How can we prevent our own kids from becoming troubled kids? For one, a parent must be a good role model and stress the importance of a good education. That means the parents must take an active role in their child’s education by monitoring how much television the child is allowed to watch and taking charge of knowing the kinds of friends that his child associates with. Furthermore, this means maintaining communication with his teachers at school and looking over his report card regularly.
A child with poor academic performance may indicate something wrong at school. Perhaps he does not like school due to external influences; i.e. bullying, difficult teachers, taunting by other students, or peer pressure.
It is better to catch the child’s problem as early as possible before it comes to the point that the child is truant from school, or worse, acts out his frustration that is reflected in another Virginia Tech-like massacre.
A child should like his studies and should show interest in his schoolwork. He should be taught that good grades will help him get a good education so that he can get a good paying job and be a productive member of society after he graduates.
Teach your child that involvement in gangs, violence, drugs, and/or extortion will not get him anywhere but prison. Once a person ends up doing life in prison, there IS no second chance. There is no freedom for him. There is no TV, no video games, no music, nothing! Not even a chance to get an education behind bars. If there is school in prison, the education is very limited.
If you are raising a child, question your child as to what is going on in school if he/she displays academic difficulty. Spend some quality time with him/her. Help them with their homework if possible. Remember, you are not just his/her friend, you are their parents. You are the first role model that a child looks toward from infancy. So be a good one and teach him/her what is right by staying in school.
There is a story in Austin, Texas a few years ago. It involved a troubled 17-year-old kid, Manuel Cortez, a high school dropout, who went out with his friends in a stolen car one sunny afternoon, and shot another student, Christopher Briseno, whom he did not even know because Briseno allegedly was teasing the sister of Manuel’s friend. Manuel Cortez is now serving life in prison because he made a stupid decision. Now families of the victim and the perpetrator are suffering two losses from society. All for what? Because Mr. Cortez chose to drop out of school and associate with gangs and/or violence? He chose to give up the possibility of an education so that he can run around gang banging? Or did he not have the proper support and guidance from his parents?
It’s no news that iPods have quite a following and can be literally found everywhere. But, is it right to use it in the classroom? (Educators everywhere sigh collectively and shake their heads in disapproval.)
Quite obviously, students lean more (if not entirely) towards allowing iPods in school whilst most educators ban them unequivocally. Let’s see how it all weighs out and get an insight for ourselves, whether our children should/shouldn’t carry them to school.
a. Teachers are bothered that students might be too distracted and unable to listen to them as they conduct their lessons in class.
b. Students might download pornography or inappropriate media and bring them to school, where other students might be affected.
c. iPods may be used as a tool for cheating. Some teachers have overheard students planning to download formulas for math exams and the like.
d. iPods might be a target for theft.
e. Some educators are concerned that students become isolated and antisocial. Instead of tuning into other people, they are left tuned into themselves.
f. Students can become so engrossed in listening to music that they may completely tune out what going on around them, causing unnecessary mishaps.
g. Students might be playing their music too loud and could cause damage to their hearing.
a. Students find that listening to music calms them down and thus become better at school work.
b. It gives students something to do when there is downtime at school; or while riding the bus to or from school. (Watch a movie or an educational video, perhaps?)
c. Students are able to show their individuality by the kind of music they listen to.
d. Students disagree that they will become antisocial; in fact, they believe it is a good way to connect with their peers, by sharing their music with them (as there are two headphones to split with a friend.)
e. iPods can be used to record lectures in class and listened to when reviewing for exams. This is also favorable when the teacher talks too fast; you can just rewind and listen again.
f. There are available educational podcasts that students can tune in to that can aid them in their learning.
g. Students can install educational applications such as dictionaries, bibles, and calculators thus eliminating added bulk to their backpacks/lockers.
h. Audio lessons can be listened to before class thus allowing the students more time to work during class.
i. It could be more beneficial for teachers (whose been teaching the same lesson over and over) to record and podcast their lesson. That way they won’t miss including important points in their topic.
j. Recorded lessons can be shared with students that are absent.
k. Podcast lessons are much more accurate rather than reviewing from notes.
If you’ve finished your degree and still feel that you have a lot to learn, then why not study for postgraduate course, so that you can have an extra qualification that employers will take notice of?
Here’s what you need to know
1. By studying a postgraduate course, you’ll have more knowledge than your peers, and so your Masters degree will help you to stand out from the competition when it comes to looking for a job. If you’re already employed, then perhaps you want to take your knowledge of your subject area even further.
2. You might want to specialise in an area that you covered as part of your degree, so that you can be a specialist in this area. Why not study something that really interests you?
3. You might want to carry out research for a project, perhaps in a scientific, medical or technical area. Studying for your Masters might allow you to be able to do this research.
4. Studying for your Masters will show employers that you have the analytical ability needed to be able to study more, and to work unsupervised by yourself. You’ll also be able to plan your work better, and make more productive use of your time in order to get more done.
5. You’ll be able to help your career. Perhaps the next step up your career ladder involves having a recognised qualification, as well as the skills and experience. You might want to specialise in a part of your day to day work, and want to study a Masters degree so that you can prove that you have the talent and ability to do this role.
6. You might be looking for a change of career, and feel that studying a postgraduate course will be the best way of helping you in finding a job in your new industry.
7. By studying after your degree, you’ll show that you have the commitment, ability and willingness to learn that a lot of employers will be looking for.
8. The skills you learn on your course, will be highly transferrable, and will help to make you a better person, which can be applied to all sorts of jobs. Who wouldn’t want to be able to carry out research properly, or be able to act on information in a better way?
9. Personally, you’ll get a great sense of achievement from completing your studies, and gaining your Masters. You’ll be able to apply what you have learnt in all aspects of your life, from being more organised, to dealing with deadlines.
10. Because you’ll have more skills and more experience, you’ll have more to offer prospective employers, and so will be able to command a higher salary, and other benefits when looking for a new job.
Now you know more about why you should continue studying, perhaps now is the time to fond a course, enroll, and see how you can increase your chances of getting a better job today.
First of all, I would like to let you know that there are many special education teachers who, day in and day out advocate for special education children, and teach your child to the best of their abilities. The fact is that these teachers are not being supported, and are being made to put their license on the line, and first and foremost serve the local high-profile students first. What do I mean by high-profile students? I mean students whose parents are school administrators, lawyers, local politicians, or work for some other local high-profile organization. That’s right, if you are not one of these parents, then you need to investigate whether or not your child is being served properly, according to his IEP. The excuse that the administration give the teachers for this behavior, is that they do not have enough money to hire enough special education teachers.
Let me take a moment here and educate you as to what that statement actually means. Not having enough money does not mean that the state or the city does not have enough money to hire teachers. What it means is that they did not budget enough money to hire the teachers necessary to accomplish the balanced service of special education students. They have budgeted many thousands of dollars in states such as South Carolina, for roads, highways, and research to stop flooding on city streets, and at the same time laid off teachers. Oh, of course they don’t call it a layoff, they cover that by calling teachers positions slots, and just tell you the parents that there are no slots left. The parents tend to buy into what the school system says, because the school system is very good at covering their tracks.
At this point you may be asking how I know these things, and where I was able to acquire my information. I have been a special education teacher in two states and in at least three major counties. I have relatives who are teachers in other states, so my information is about as inside as it gets. In fact you can hang your hat on it. As I am writing this I am in contact with state officials and am trying to create a task force for this very purpose. I don’t know if I will be able to pull this off without the backing of many parents with children having special needs, and attending public schools. Now that you understand that I am in contact with many special education teachers, I want you to know the unbelievable truth, and that is that when these teachers complain that they are serving high-profile cases, and they are not able to find the time to serve others, that do not have parents in high places, they are threatened, they are told that they will lose their jobs if they say the wrong thing, they are given extra work to do, sometimes in an attempt to have teachers quit if they rock the boat.
The teacher knows that the administration will not back them and that their license is on the line. Yet they also know that they will be fired if they say or do the wrong thing. Many teachers have contacted me in tears, and believe me it is not just one or two, nor is it just one school system, but many. The sole purpose of this article is to let you know the truth, so that if you have a child who is in special education and you are not one of those high-profile cases, the first thing you should do after reading this article is get on the telephone with your school system and find out exactly what services your child is getting, and when they are getting them. some of you will be shocked to find that your child may not have been served properly for many months. The heart of the law that protects our special education students is based on equality.
If the state does not have enough teachers to be in compliance with the law, shame on them. I would call your governor’s office, your senator’s office, your state education office, and let your legislators know how you feel about the situation. Don’t stand silent, silence does not change things. Although the school system itself is completely upside down and a mess, overall throughout the country, it is in the area of special education that we fail I students the most. Don’t believe for a moment that is the teachers fault when children don’t learn, and that we have to create programs to keep good teachers and classrooms, and get rid of the bad ones. The truth is good teachers are being taken out of classrooms by mandated education, and in services that they have to perform or they will not be able to keep their certification. When good teachers are not in classrooms, children don’t learn. we all have heard it said that the squeaky wheel gets the oil, well, I am telling you it does.
I have found many cases where special education students have not been served properly since October or November of 2011. if I were a parent of a special education student, I would certainly want to know if it was my child they were talking about. Because the teachers have integrity, and because of the privacy laws, the teachers I interviewed could not give names, dates, or any information other than an overall picture of what is happening to the students and how the administration is putting the pressure on the teachers to comply with the administration’s political agenda. Being an investigative reporter with integrity, I have withheld all names of school systems, teachers, and administrators who were honest enough, and caring enough to help get this warning out to parents of special needs children.
I want to share the true meaning of education according to me this time. In my view education is not the syllabus that we are being taught. It is neither the formulas nor the practical. Rather education is a way to go ahead and achieve yourself. Remember I am not saying to achieve success but to achieve yourself, means the true meaning of your being, the whole purpose of your life. Education is a way that makes our life simple and better for you. It makes you free unburdened as it gives the power of self decision to you.
As someone said, “Education is what remains when you forget everything you have learnt.” You can argue that nothing remains when we forget everything. But it is not so. You can forget what is in your mind but not what is in your being. I mean that some things are inhabited in us and goes beyond the limitations of our mind. The example is in the movie “Ghajini”. In the movie, although Aamir khan forgets everything in 15 minutes yet he didn’t forget how to eat, drink, and all the elementary things.
Hence the writer of the quote said, “Education is what remains when you forget everything”. Like you can never forget what is good and what is bad even if you lose your memory. Our whole being is so much conditioned from the beginning of our lives that we are not able to recognize some things that are beyond our mind. Just like that education never leaves you and make you realize your true being.
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